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Old 09-14-2013, 12:01 AM   #18
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I'll know soon enough. Bought the set off of ddunerider. Just waiting on some replacement nylock nuts from Proven Wicked. I've ordered from them before and they have great customer service. They are now offering rubber boots for street use and those are on the way too. Hope I don't have any "clunking" issues with Pfadt sway bars and drop springs.
Yes keep us up to date. As mine could be that maybe the rubber boots may help
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:19 AM   #19
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Will do! Dont really know how they would cause any noise unless they were improperly installed or bound up with grit. I suspect it is more of an issue with drop springs that weren't allowed to settle correctly. I will be installing next weekend and tracking 2 weeks after that.

My drop springs made some clunking sounds until I got them aligned properly in the seats and they settled in. No noise now and the end links only connect the sways to the frame. No rocket science if the are adjusted to the correct length and don't bind.
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Old 09-14-2013, 11:25 AM   #20
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Will do! Dont really know how they would cause any noise unless they were improperly installed or bound up with grit. I suspect it is more of an issue with drop springs that weren't allowed to settle correctly. I will be installing next weekend and tracking 2 weeks after that.

My drop springs made some clunking sounds until I got them aligned properly in the seats and they settled in. No noise now and the end links only connect the sways to the frame. No rocket science if the are adjusted to the correct length and don't bind.
Yeah, my springs are set perfectly, bars are tight, maybe the links said not to have a problem as new design..lol
I dont mind much as to the noise on patched up pavement. If I do I'll watch to see how the new Hotchkis ones pan out, if its the links. But as they say all the stiffer parts will make some noise I guess
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:14 PM   #21
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Will do! Dont really know how they would cause any noise unless they were improperly installed or bound up with grit. I suspect it is more of an issue with drop springs that weren't allowed to settle correctly. I will be installing next weekend and tracking 2 weeks after that.

My drop springs made some clunking sounds until I got them aligned properly in the seats and they settled in. No noise now and the end links only connect the sways to the frame. No rocket science if the are adjusted to the correct length and don't bind.
My Proven Wicked end links have been on for about 200 miles now. No issues. Biggest hassle was installing the boots. Had to resort to needle nose pliers, but i didn't rip them. BTW - the didn't recommend any grease under the boots.
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:35 PM   #22
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I bought one of the first sets of links for my 2010. They feel like jelewry in your hands.

The last time I talked to shane he was in CA building a trophy truck for Robby Woods Racing.

I will have to check out the boots, must have.

Roost, any pics?
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Old 09-23-2013, 05:45 PM   #23
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Sorry, no pics of the boots until I get my car back off the ground. They fit tight and used a small zip tie to seal up the end by the main shaft. The end on the threaded shaft was plenty tight. Contact Shane. Got mine relatively cheap, but they aren't on his site yet.
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Old 09-23-2013, 06:50 PM   #24
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Yea, I just got a text from him. He confirmed it and gave me the price.

I googled them and found the pics.

Thanks for quick reply.

Robby is based out of ND, I was thinking of something else, senior moment (Is it really a senoir moment if it becomes routine?) Someone take my keys, I've had way to much work to drive.
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Old 10-20-2013, 11:37 PM   #25
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I'm totally satisfied with the Proven Wicked end links. They have been through two track days (four 20 minute sessions each day) and have driven back and forth to work all week while in street config. No issues or clunking! I just wish they were more visible since they look like pieces of art.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:31 PM   #26
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Will their end links with SS sway bars help a V6 car? I have stock SS sways that I got for free. Will these end links even fit the stock bars? and if so will the change be noticeable on a V6?
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Old 10-22-2013, 06:23 PM   #27
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I'm totally satisfied with the Proven Wicked end links. They have been through two track days (four 20 minute sessions each day) and have driven back and forth to work all week while in street config. No issues or clunking! I just wish they were more visible since they look like pieces of art.
Rod-ends tend to rattle rather than clunk as wear first begins to develop.

What you're more likely to experience before that assuming a year-round daily driven car is squeaking or groaning. I have rod-ended endlinks on my car (obviously not those Proven Wicked part numbers), and without boots working a shot or two of WD-40 into each ball & socket every once in a while keeps them quiet (I wipe the excess). They have never rattled in over 3 years. I would expect PW's endlinks to hold up equally well.


Now you've got me wondering if those boots would fit my UMI endlinks.


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Old 10-22-2013, 10:49 PM   #28
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I would check with Shane at Proven Wicked. He can get busy with the shop, but normally responds to e-mails in a timely manner.
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Rod-ends tend to rattle rather than clunk as wear first begins to develop.

What you're more likely to experience before that assuming a year-round daily driven car is squeaking or groaning. I have rod-ended endlinks on my car (obviously not those Proven Wicked part numbers), and without boots working a shot or two of WD-40 into each ball & socket every once in a while keeps them quiet (I wipe the excess). They have never rattled in over 3 years. I would expect PW's endlinks to hold up equally well.


Now you've got me wondering if those boots would fit my UMI endlinks.


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True I think on the rattle sound and makes sence. Keep reading on "clunking" and endlinks. Took off my Pfadt units as I have clunking and put on stock ZL1 units. Sound is still there, maybe a tad less, probably bigger tires and rims or the Hotchkis springs and install, only thing it can be as all things are tight. Only thing after a year was the heim joint at the bar end was not tight, just loose and flopped around
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For those of you that own the wicked endlinks, what swaybars are you pairing them with? Do they line up okay? Curious? Thxs


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I have the Proven Wicked end links. Awesome stuff. Just make sure you tighten down the lock nuts for the rod ends. This will ensure there's no clunking noises.
I'm using Pfadt FE3 sport sway bars (2010-2011 Camaros). You have to use FE3 style sway bars because the studs on the Proven Wicked links are 10mm diameter. GM started using 12mm end links in 2012 when the FE4 style suspension came out. Also, Proven Wicked only offers the FE3 style rear end links.
As for lining up the sway bar holes, the Proven Wicked end links are adjustable. If they don't fit perfectly, adjust them a little. I personally had no issues with alignment.
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I'm using Pfadt FE3 sport sway bars (2010-2011 Camaros). You have to use FE3 style sway bars because the studs on the Proven Wicked links are 10mm diameter. GM started using 12mm end links in 2012 when the FE4 style suspension came out. Also, Proven Wicked only offers the FE3 style rear end links.
Sounds like there's a small business opportunity for anybody willing to make up sets of 12mm OD x 10mm ID spacers.


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